Birmingham City University

Birmingham City University

Community Health Nursing Specialist Practitioner

Students on this course develop a broad and deeper knowledge and understanding of the complex issues involved in their area of specialist practice, as well as fostering an evidence-base that will empower their patient/client families and communities. The course aims to apply the skills and qualities of a specialist practitioner to meet the needs of clients, communities and purchasers, as well as work in a team, creating strong work partnerships. Students discover how to evaluate the professional, ethical and legal context of the specialist practitioner role, as well as evaluate sources of information to support the assessment and management of long term conditions, the provision of inter-professional palliative care and effective and efficient case management.

Entry requirements

BSc (Hons) students need the equivalent of 240 credits of which a 120 must be at level 5 (diploma level). PgDip students need to provide evidence of successful completion of accredited Level 6 study within the last 5 years. Applicants must have a minimum of 1-2 years professional experience where appropriate. Securing secondment/sponsorship from a Primary care Trust. Students require an enhanced CRB and Occupational Health Clearance prior to course entry.

Course modules

Term 1: evidence based practice (15 credits); leadership and innovation in public health (15 credits); community and policy studies. Term 2: professional district nursing pathway modules: the professional practice of district nursing (15 credits); community nurse prescribing (15 credits); assessment for first contact care in the community (15 credits); managing long term conditions in the community (15 credits). Term 3: professional community mental health nursing pathway modules: the professional practice of community mental health nursing (15 credits); supporting assessment and management of mental health care in the community (15 credits); supporting mental health promotion and recovery in community based mental health care (15 credits); studying a negotiating topic in health and social care practice (15 credits); profiling module.

Assessment methods

Students will be assessed through a variety of methods, which include invigilated examinations, assignments, seminars, use of a journal of reflection and professional practice competencies that will allow them the opportunity to creatively demonstrate their role and development as a specialist practitioner.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PgDip Full-time September 2016 - 1 years
PgDip Part-time September 2016 - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Westbourne City South Campus Birmingham B15 3TN West Midlands

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